ITV has suspended the founders of Gurney Productions, the creator of Duck Dynasty, while they are investigated internally for fraud, according to reports.
The A&E series Duck Dynasty has been cancelled and will end forever next spring, after its 11th season of fictionalizing the Robertsons’ lives concludes.
On its web site, A&E has a photo gallery of The Robertson family “taken during the PB (pre-beard) era.” Among other things, we see the boys playing golf, Jep and Jessica and their kids on the beach. There are also other, similar photos that have surfaced, such as Willie with frosted tips. Using those photos… continue reading
Late Friday between two major holidays, the time when one releases news one wants to get a lot of attention, the parent company of A&E announced that Phil Robertson won’t be suspended from Duck Dynasty after all, and will be part of filming when it resumes next year (the next season, featuring Phil, has already… continue reading
Phil Robertson’s suspension from Duck Dynasty will have no impact on the nine episode of the show that will air starting January 15, though the family suggests that A&E’s decision may impact future episodes. The New York Times reports that “it will be a long time before any viewer even notices the suspension” because the… continue reading
The aftermath of Duck Dyansty star Phil Robertson’s comments to GQ has been swift and predictable: A&E suspended him “indefinitely,” and now there’s all kinds of furious reaction, including IStandWithPhil.com, where people can publicly agree with Phil’s thoughts about the parts of the Bible he’s decided to believe in. The most high-profile response has been… continue reading
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on “hiatus from filming indefinitely” as a result of his comments to GQ that equated gay people with “drunks, terrorists” and compared gayness to bestiality. A&E said in a statement: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his… continue reading
GQ profiles Phil Robertson, star of the insanely popular A&E series Duck Dynasty, who hasn’t been shy about the “spiritual warfare” he’s engaged in with Hollywood and others. In that, we learn that, for a straight man, Phil has been thinking a lot about men’s anuses: “It seems like, to me, a vagina–as a man–would… continue reading
Duck Dynasty has become a ratings winner for A&E, and judging by all the products the network now sells–among other things, there’s a board game, cookbook, and brand-new Christmas album–it’s also doing well generating cash outside of advertisements. In a press release announcing the Duck Dynasty seasons 1 to 3 “collector’s set,” out Dec. 3,… continue reading
Duck Dynasty stars’ religiosity is no secret, considering each episode ends with the family praying over a meal. But the cast members Phil and Willie Robertson’s candid conversation about the show and its connection to their faith may be surprising, particularly since they seem to describe some people involved with production of the show as… continue reading
Duck Dynasty‘s return on A&E last night shattered ratings records, becoming the most-watched nonfiction series episode ever, easily justifying the cast’s recent raise to $200,000 an episode (or making it look really, really cheap). Here’s what A&E said in a press release: “Wednesday night’s one-hour season four premiere at 10PM became the number one nonfiction… continue reading
Duck Dynasty cast member Willie Robertson applied for The Amazing Race and was rejected, but was cast on Survivor, which he turned down because his wife, Korie, told him, “They’ll make you look like a redneck.” This was before the A&E series, which started airing in 2012 and did not make Willie look like a… continue reading
Duck Dynasty‘s extreme popularity is now as well-known as its total artificiality. It’s a scripted sitcom that lies to viewers, except it’s honest about one thing: its cast members’ personalities. The cast appeared on Katie Couric’s talk show Wednesday, and did a good job of proving why they are entirely the reason why the show… continue reading
A&E’s Duck Dynasty is an unqualified hit, crushing even broadcast TV shows in the ratings. Why is it so successful? And what does that tell us about the inevitable copycats? My friend Mo Ryan, AOL’s TV critic, breaks down its success into four parts: time to develop its audience, merging formats, and great characters with… continue reading
A&E’s smash hit Duck Dynasty returned last night for its third season and destroyed its competition, both on cable and broadcast TV. The network said that it is now “the #1 nonfiction series on cable in 2013” and the “season three premiere grew by 132% in total viewers, 117% in adults 25-54 and 127% in… continue reading
A&E’s reality series Duck Dynasty was the most popular show Wednesday night on all of television among key demographics, easily beating Survivor, The X Factor, and other shows. Yes, a scripted reality show following a Louisiana family with a successful business and beards does better than CBS’ high-quality reality competition, or all of the noise… continue reading